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5:40 PM ET, August 11, 2011


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney gets in heated exchange with hecklers at Iowa State Fair  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) exchange with a few hecklers turned into somewhat of a shouting match while he was stumping Thursday in Iowa.  —  Romney faced aggressive inquiries with a liberal bent at the top …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Romney Angrily Confronted Over His Desire To Cut Entitlements While Protecting The Rich  —  GOP 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney today spoke at the Iowa state fair, before a key Republican debate tonight and an upcoming Iowa straw poll.  At the end of his speech, a Q&A session quickly devolved into a shouting match.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Corporations and context  —  After an uncomfortable shouting match with hecklers in Iowa this morning, Mitt Romney explained why he's unwilling to raise taxes on corporations to protect entitlements: “Corporations are people, my friend.”  It's a line that's starting to generate some attention (and mockery).
Discussion: New York Magazine
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Romney: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’ [VIDEO]  —  Mitt Romney told an Iowa crowd on Thursday that the country should not raise taxes to shore up Medicare and Social Security because “corporations are people” too.  —  TPM SLIDESHOW: Meet the 2012 GOPers: Mitt Romney
The Note:
Mitt Romney At Iowa State Fair: ‘Corporations Are People, My Friend’
A.Killough / CNN:   Romney says ‘corporations are people,’ heckled at Iowa event
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney: ‘Corporations are people’
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Rick Perry Wants to Be President  —  Highlights here.  Subscribers can read Halperin's story on Perry in the latest issue of TIME.  —  Video highlight: Perry says he has decided he wants to be president.  —  Video highlight: Perry on 43's advice to him. Transcript of Mark Halperin's Interview with Rick Perry
A.Killough / CNN:
BREAKING: Perry will announce Saturday  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce that he is running for president on Saturday in South Carolina, a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN.  —  Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech …
A.Killough / CNN:
New CNN Poll: Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle  —  Washington (CNN) - As Rick Perry moves closer and closer to a run for the White House, a new national survey indicates that the longtime Texas governor is close to the top of the pack in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Rick Perry, the “hawk internationalist”  —  If and when Texas Governor Rick Perry declares his candidacy for president, he will stake out a position on foreign policy and national security issues that one foreign policy hand familiar with his thinking described as a “hawk internationalist” profile.
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Rick Perry to Announce GOP Candidacy Saturday
Discussion: Hot Air, The Politico and YID With LID
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Another Texan for President?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Donna Smith / Reuters:
Exclusive: Republican Camp won't rule out tax increases  —  (Reuters) - A leading Republican lawmaker would not rule out tax increases on Thursday if they could boost economic growth, adding that “everything is on the table” for a congressional panel charged with forging a deal to cut the deficit.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selection  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee member Rep. Becerra to be feted by lobbyists at DC fundraiser
Discussion: The Politico
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Rep. Becerra Supporter Touts Seat on Debt Committee in Fund-Raising Pitch
Discussion: National Review
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi names her picks to ‘supercommittee,’ completing 12-member debt panel
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
DeMint: Obama Administration The Most “Anti-American Administration In My Lifetime”  —  Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday to discuss his new book and his goals to elect more like-minded conservatives to the Senate.  DeMint told Mefferd that President Obama is promoting …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   DeMint calls administration ‘anti-American’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Attorney for Graves, Rogers: Bank is at fault  —  CALHOUN — While U.S. Rep. Tom Graves was calling for fiscal responsibility in Washington his attorney was arguing in a lawsuit that a North Georgia bank is at fault for issuing Graves a $2.2 million loan the bank knew he could not repay.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   House GOPer accepted bank loan he couldn't repay
Emily Smith / New York Post:
George Soros sued by ex-girlfriend for reneging on real estate promise  —  A beautiful Brazilian soap star has the lead role in her own daytime drama, which casts George Soros, the billionaire financier of lefty causes, as a heavy who not only broke her heart, but also reneged on a promise …
Mike Jaccarino / NY Daily News:
Billionaire George Soros sued by former flame Adriana Ferreyr, who claims he reneged on luxe digs
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Frank Miniter / National Review:
England Used to Be a Country of Men  —  With London succumbing to looters and muggers, it's time to ask what happened to the once-manly English people.  The August 9 issue of the Daily Mail, for example, includes a photo of a young man taking off his pants on the street as an impatient looter waits …
Discussion: Shakesville
New York Times:
Wisconsin's Warning to Union-Busters  —  Five months after Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin pushed through a law stripping public unions of their bargaining rights, the Republican Party has paid a price.  Two of the state senators who backed the law were thrown out of office by voters on Tuesday and replaced with Democrats.
Douglas Stanglin / USA Today:
Extremist T-shirt offers different message after the first wash  —  When the 250 T-shirts were donated to a right-wing concert in Germany, they looked perfect: A skull and crossbones, nationalist flags and the slogan “Hardcore rebels.”  —  But when the T-shirts were washed for the first time, the message changed.
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Pa. judge gets 28 years in ‘kids for cash’ case  —  SCRANTON, Pa. — A longtime northeastern Pennsylvania judge was ordered to spend nearly three decades in prison for his role in a massive juvenile justice bribery scandal that prompted the state's high court to toss thousands of convictions.
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
VIDEO: Michele Bachmann's Auschwitz Warning  —  In 2002, the tea party leader and GOP presidential candidate filmed a movie that warned Minnesota's educational standards could lead to a second Holocaust.  —  Post Comment  —  In a 2002 film highlighting her work as an education activist …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
D.C., Hawaii Most Democratic, Utah Most Republican State in '11  —  North Dakota and Louisiana tilt more Republican than they did in 2010  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Hawaii shows the largest advantage for the Democratic Party over the Republican Party among U.S. states, along with the District of Columbia, in the first half of 2011.
The Indian Express:
Islam has always been part of our American family: Obama  —  Welcoming guests at the annual White House Iftaar party, US President Barack Obama said, Islam has always been part of the American family and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country in all walks of life.
Buffett: The lower stocks go, the more I buy  —  Warren Buffett discusses the lowered outlook for Berkshire Hathaway debt, why some of his businesses aren't hiring, and why U.S. debt remains triple-A rated in his mind.  —  By Andy Serwer, managing editor  —  Warren Buffett sees buying opportunities
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Obama's Path to Reelection Narrows
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Service workers' union launches ad campaign against Republicans
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
George Tenet- / The Daily Beast:
An Explosive New 9/11 Charge
Lynn Sweet:
President Obama official schedule and guidance, Aug. 11, 2011. Holland, Mich.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Weasel Zippers
Dana Goldstein / The Nation:
Can Teachers Alone Overcome Poverty? Steven Brill Thinks So
Jim Efstathiou Jr / Bloomberg:
Gas Fracking Poses Serious Environmental Risks, U.S. Panel Finds
The Politico:
U.S. mayors wary as London burns
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
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Recent Decline In State/Local Tax Revenue Was The Worst Ever
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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John Podhoretz Is Not A Very Intelligent Person
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bill Gross / Washington Post:
America's debt is not its biggest problem
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